How To Make The Perfect Homemade Eggnog

How To Make The Perfect Homemade Eggnog

The Perfect Homemade Eggnog Recipe

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time for eggnog. You know, the creamy holiday drink that is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter night? Why not forego that store-bought version and try homemade eggnog? 

homemade eggnog

Eggnog is a drink that has been around for centuries. It was first made in England, where it was called “egg-flip.” The English settlers brought it to America, where they changed the name from egg-flip to eggnog.

There are many different ways to make this delicious beverage. The recipe below is a classic, traditional recipe for eggnog. It calls for cream and milk to make the drink extra creamy and smooth. You can also add alcohol to give it an extra kick.

Eggnog is great served hot or cold, depending on your tastes. It can be served as a dessert drink at parties or enjoyed by itself as an after-dinner drink.

For those of you who’d like to give homemade eggnog a try, this recipe is a terrific place to start. It’s very easy to prepare, and in addition to the steps illustrated here, you probably have many of its ingredients on hand. Then all that’s necessary is to pour and enjoy!

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Homemade Eggnog

  • Author: Belle Omniley
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


Homemade eggnog is a fun holiday treat with our easy eggnog recipe. None of the fillers of the store-bought stuff — just cream, sugar, eggs, and spices. Enjoy it spiked or without alcohol for a kid-friendly version.



8 egg yolks

1 C white sugar

1 1/2 C whole milk

1/2 c evaporated milk

1 c heavy cream

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 C bourbon or rum (optional)


In a large bowl, use a whisk or stand mixer to beat egg yolks and sugar until they become pale and fluffy.

Combine the milks, cream, spices, and vanilla in a heavy bottom pot. Stir well. Move to the stovetop and slowly heat on low heat for about 9 minutes. Until the milk mixture is hot but not boiling.

Add the milk mixture slowly to the egg mixture. Whisking as you go. Once the mixtures have been completely incorporated. Place on stove and heat on low. Stir constantly until the mixture reaches 160 degrees.

Pour in a freeze-safe pitcher and let cool for 2 hours.

Remove from the freezer and add your alcohol; shake or stir well. Serve immediately.

Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.



Omit alcohol for a kid-friendly version.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 18
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Stovetop


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 146
  • Sugar: 4.4 g
  • Sodium: 192.7 mg
  • Fat: 10.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.6 g
  • Protein: 5.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 202.3 mg

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Belle Omniley
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